Connor Coyle wins NBA Intercontinental Middleweight Title by stopping Danny Pastrana in Six Rounds
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: June 17, 2018
SAINT PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – Following in the footsteps of popular fighters Conor McGregor and Michael Conlan, the state of Florida has its own Irish star in the making. Last night at The Coliseum in Saint Petersburg, Florida, Connor Coyle (8-0, 3 KOs) won the vacant National Boxing Association (NBA) Intercontinental middleweight championship by stopping Danny Pastrana (6-5, 1 KO) in six rounds.
The fight started wildly with both men having their moments even leading to a wrestling style grapple that put both pugilists on the canvas. Coyle began to utilize his jab more frequently and landed clean combinations on Pastrana. The subsequent rounds followed the same pattern as Coyle used his jab and lateral movement to avoid incoming returning shots for Pastrana. In the sixth round, Coyle landed a right hand that hurt Pastrana backing him up against the ropes. Pastrana backed up with his hands by his waist forgetting one of the most critical rules in boxing “to protect yourself at all times.” Coyle followed through with a vicious right hand putting Pastrana down on the canvas. Pastrana made it back up before the ten-count, but the referee stopped the fight as Pastrana was in no condition to continue. The match was stopped at the 2:50 mark of the sixth round.
In a stacked middleweight division featuring fighters such as Jermall Charlo, Daniel Jacobs, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, Coyle has a long way to go to before he is ready to face any of the champions in the division. However, winning the NBA Intercontinental middleweight title is a step in the right direction. Fans in the state of Florida will look forward to seeing his development and progress over the next few years.
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